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The 40 best free software applications

Everything you could ever want... for free

When it comes to the web, there's a wealth of free software and applications available. We've rounded up the best free programs that won’t bring down you system.

Video tools


There are plenty of good free video players such as VLC Player and GOM Player that offer functions to enhance your viewing experience. But KMPlayer takes the cake because of its impressive features and its ability to support most video file formats.

Its greatest strength is the vast number of options available to fine tune it. Adjusting colour spaces, oversampling, and deinterlacing are some of the Options available to enhance or reduce the noise level. There is Subtitle support, and the audio adjusting options are as versatile as those available for video. KMPlayer supports incremental frame movements, both forward and back.

It includes a vast array of video- and audio-capturing options, as well as skins, a treasure trove of playback controls and tweaks, and onboard DVD support. This comprehensive player supports streaming TV and HDTV, play lists, and the ability to select which codec to use.

Download VLC Media Player here.


VirtualDub has been the favourite free video editor for a long time and still holds its ground. It is light yet stands out as a very powerful and versatile editor with lots of feature packed into its small frame.

This wonderful file for video processing geeks serves as a kind of free, open-source Photoshop application for video. At a basic level, it can capture video and enable you to save it. But beyond that, it's a very good tool for cleaning up and trimming video - especially if you want to use it with a more full-featured video editing program. It lets you crop or compress video, remove and replace audio tracks without changing the video, and use filters to sharpen and blur. You can even delete individual frames. It also has batch-processing capabilities for processing a large numbers of files.

The feature list is extensive for such a small application. Integrated volume meter and histogram for input level monitoring; real-time downsizing; noise reduction, and field swapping; keyboard and mouse shortcuts for faster operation; removing and replacing audio tracks without touching the video; previewing of results along with live audio - are some of the impressive features integrated into this amazing video editor. A range of Filters including blur, sharpen, emboss, smooth, convolution, flip, resize rotate, brightness/contrast, levels, deinterlace, and threshold are also included to make this a must-have for every video editing buff.

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